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The Goon (Eric Powell Comics)

Goon


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

For even the undead fear… The Goon !


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: Father (Name unrevealed, deceased), Aunt Kizzie (Aunt, deceased)
  • Base Of Operations: The town
  • Height: About 6’3” Weight: About 225 lbs
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Brown


The Goon’s world

The Goon lives in a city that is quite reminiscent of an exagerated 1930s Chicago. Everything is corrupt, and the mob is pretty much in control of everything. The city is very bleak, and despite trying to maintain some appearances of normalcy, somewhat lawless. Even the G-Men are quite willing to cut deals with the mob to advance their agendas.

The horrific supernatural is a very common, fully accepted presence. The main such force in the city is the zombie mob, a large number of zombie made men reanimated by the zombie priest and serving his criminal empire. They do all the usual mob stuff, plus a few extras like smuggling in fresh braiiiinnnnssss – or various animal body parts for the priest’s pet projects, such as 15’ tall zombie chimps.

Other horror elements are present, such as redneck werewolves, vampire torpedos, pirate Cthulhu star spawns, weird science mad doctors, ghosts, etc. Likewise freaks are common, such as giant man-eating rats or men with their right hand welded to a bowling ball.


Powers and Abilities

The Goon is a superhumanly skilled enforcer, able to single-handedly regulate a large city and put down armies of monsters, undead and so on. He has demonstrated superhuman speed, strength and durability on numerous occasions, and is easily able to defeat supernatural monsters such as vampires and werewolves with his bare hands. He seems impossible to scare or intimidate.

The Goon has demonstrated great competency in all the classic enforcer skills – violent B&E, arson, torture, corpse disposal, intimidation, etc. Having been raised on a circus, he knows many tricks – such as escape artistry.


History

The Goon’s father died before he was ten, and his mother ran off with a beatnik at about that time. That left him with his Aunt Kizzie as his only family. Kizzie was a carnival strong woman, and raised him as well as she could among the carnies. When he was 13, the future Goon got a job shovelling manure and taking out the zombies that were disturbing the patrons – those were the first zombies, as the zombie priest had just become active in town.

At one point, the carnies had to hide the legendary kingpin of crime, Labrazio – since, like everybody else, they owned him a favor. Labrazio had a formidable rep as the baddest, meanest criminal who ever worked in town, and fascinated the 13-years old kid. The boy started to help Labrazio with small chores to meet him, and Labrazio started confiding a few things to him.

However, the cops eventually found Labrazio, and Aunt Kizzie died from the gunfire whilst trying to protect her nephew. Labrazio, feeling responsible, made the boy his main runner and soon, his top enforcer. The Goon was born, and ran such a tight ship that Labrazio mostly retired. Only the Goon has seen him in twenty years, but the reputation of Labrazio the Baltimore Butcher is still sufficient to scare everyone away. Even if the Goon wasn’t that tough, *nobody* wants to mess with Labrazio.

At least, that’s the story he tells.

Now the real story

The thoroughly ruthless Labrazio never actually took the Goon as his protégé. What he really did was coldly insult Kizzie as she died, for standing in the way of his escape. The Goon, mad with rage at Labrazio’s words, brained him with a rock, and got away with Labrazio’s gun, cap and journal – which included a detailed description of all his dirty deals.

Pretending to be a runner and later an enforcer for the dead man, the Goon started working the town for protection money, and providing protection, when he was 14. It is at that age he met Francis, a younger, scrawny kid who had been receiving beatings from bullies.

Francis and the Goon became friends, with Francis convincing his mother to let the Goon sleep at home for some time. Eventually, Francis was caught in a fight between the Goon and a band of zombies, and his usual cowardliness faded – he grabbed an axe and went berserk on the slackjaws. Since then Francky, who knows the truth about Labrazio, has been the Goon’s best friend and partner in arms.

Though he appear to be a mere muscleman, the Goon runs much of the town. Ordinary people gladly pay him for protection, as he is pretty much the only form of law and order they can get, and he keeps the undead in general and the zombie priest’s zombies in particular out of the streets.

Every criminal activity, including the sweatshops at the orphanage, is under his ruthless control. His part of the town is far from the richest — rich people can pay the police — but of course the gigantic zombie horde of Lonely Street, under the control of the zombie priest, is poorer still.

A few years back, something terrible happened in Chinatown, involving the Goon and an unnamed woman. This incident may be the source of the Goon’s disfigurement.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

The Goon is a brutal, relentless criminal enforcer. Anything that threaten Labrazio interests will eventually have to “speak” with him. He is the top dog, and knows exactly how tough he is – for instance he once threw aside his .38 to beat up a werewolf with his bare hands, as the .38 would have made it too easy. In many aspects, he’s something of an elemental force.

The Goon seems to enjoy wanton violence, and never hesitates to use copious amounts of it. He is very professional in how he runs his part of town, however, and is the only security for the impoverished citizens who cannot afford police protection. He let everyone think he’s but the thug, but he’s actually the boss.

The Goon has been bluesy and sullen, and cultivate a very noirish attitude of overt suspicion toward any beautiful woman since the mysterious Chinatown incident. He is also somewhat bitter and bluesy due to the numerous scars in his face, and thinks no woman will love him now.


Quotes

“I just had to pistol whip my way through a million man-eating rats the size of St Bernards because of you people. Everyone get in line for your beating.”

“Marcio, you always have been a good pal and never asked for a favor until now… I’ll do what I can.”

“OK you pixies, I’m now officially in a bad mood. Just give me a reason to wipe my butt with ya.”

(Applying an arm lock to a two-headed zombie) “I’ve learned that one from the late, great Mexican masked wrestler El Diablo Bombastico.”


DC Universe History

The Goon works in a gritty universe but with the Humour Genre and some over-the-top, absurd cartoonish elements. However, if the Genre is lowered and such elements are removed, with the crime stories emphasized, he can work very well in other universes.

Obvious choices include universes who already have a common supernatural presence and crime tales, such as the Nocturnals or Chance Falconer’s world, but a sufficiently dark corner of the DCU will do fine. Note that the Goon’s story can work in many countries ; it would fit very well in the DCU version of many Brazilian favellas, for instance.


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The Goon

Dex: 08 Str: 07 Bod: 07 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 07 Occupation: Enforcer
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 019 HP: 050

Powers: Regeneration: 02

Skills: Acrobatics (Athletics, climbing, dodging): 06, Charisma (Interrogation, intimidation): 08, Thief (Locks & safes, escape artist): 05, Vehicles (Land): 05, Weaponry: 07

Advantages: Area Knowledge (The town), Buddy (Francky), Expertise (Crime), Iron Nerves, Local Hero (Labrazio territory in the town), Misc.: True love (5pts)

Connections: Underworld (Low), Street (High)

Drawbacks: Minor Rage, Creepy Appearance (Heavy facial scaring)

Equipment:

  • Huge .38 special revolver [BODY 05, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 06, R#02]
  • For zombie-killing action he may pack a Hand Axe [BODY 08, EV 04 (08 w/STR)]
  • A Zippo™ lighter
  • The Goon’s special weapon is carried in a bag in the trunk of his car. It is a special Chainsaw named Mickey Da Saw [BODY 05, Claws: 08, Sharpness (Claws): 03, Recommended STR: 05, R#02]. Mickey has huge eyes and seems to be able to speak (or at least ramble incoherently).

The Goon’s True Love

The Goon is haunted by the events in Chinatown and, apparently, the death of his true love. He will presumably never love another, and even under mental control refused to be seduced by another woman. His Misc. Advantage allows him to use his Iron Nerves bonus against mind control, as long as it involves staying faithful to his beloved.


Francky

Francky is the Goon’s odd, small partner. He has the following stats :

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Enforcer
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 011 HP: 020

Skills: Martial artist: 04, Vehicles (Land): 01, Weaponry: 04

Connections: Labrazio family (Low), Underworld (Low), Street (Low), Mud brothers (High)

Drawbacks: Minor Rage, Socially Inept (can’t shut his mouth)

Equipment:

  • Usually use objects of opportunity such as chairs, but is likely to carry a length of lead pipe or a switchblade (both [BODY 04, EV 03 (04 w/STR, 05 w/Martial artist)]). In vicious fights, Francky is fond of his “knife into the eye” method (a Critical attempt backed by HPs).
  • If he and the Goon are on the warpath, he’ll have a tommy gun with a drum magazine [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 12, R#03, Advantage : Autofire]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: The Goon comic books by Eric Powell

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